February 24, 2004 aka Grey Tuesday

DJ Danger Mouse’s “Grey Tuesday,” which is an album that contains massive sampled musical portions of The Beatles “White Album” together with Jay-Z’s “Black Album,” is under attack by EMI, who claims control of the copyright to the “White Album.”

In a call for civil disobedience, several website owners have banded together to offer the album for free download on February 24, 2004. The protestors complain that the rights to sample are not clearly defined by the DMCA, and there is no right to get a compulsory license to do so. Generally, see 17 U.S.C. 106 to learn that an author has the exclusive right to prepare a derivative work.